Now that the snow is gone after Boston’s Snowmaggedon, I can finally appreciate the cold again so I’m combining some newly published non-fiction science picture books with some videos on the artic. I hope you are ready to face the cold again too!
Two guiding thoughts about the Artic today: protection and eggs. Here’s how they all tie together …
Bird Eggs from A Children’s Guide to Arctic Birds
A Children’s Guide to Arctic Birds by Mia Pelletier, illustrated by Danny Christopher
Spring in the Arctic brings with it sunshine day and night, with insects, young plants and larvae for birds migrating North to eat. Birds arrive from as far away as Africa, South America and Europe to nest, hatch their eggs, and gather strength to fly South again before the snow comes. There are also year-round Arctic birds who don’t migrate but stay put through the harsh winter. The birds include: Thick-Billed Murre, Arctic Tern, Tundra Swan, Gryfalcon, Snow Owl and Rock Ptarmigan. Learn about what these birds eat, where to find them, their eggs, nests and chicks in this beautiful non-fiction picture book celebrating the birds of the Arctic. [non fiction, ages 5 and up]
A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
The diversity of nests celebrated in A Nest is Noisy‘s cover inset page.
Arctic Tern Nest
Explore nests of all kinds of animals, from how they are constructed, to where they are located and everything else in between. It’s not just birds that make nests either, learn about Orangutans, hornets, lampreys, African gray tree frog, alligators and more. Each species’ nest is unique, and buzzing with activity until the babies grow up and a nest is finally quiet. [non fiction picture book, ages 5 and up]
Crazy for Science with Carmelo the Science Fellow by Carmelo Piazza and James Buckley Jr, illustrated by Chad Geran
Can you make a protective device that stops an egg from breaking? I have our experiment here. [non fiction, ages 6 and up]
Surviving the Arctic: How to Build an Igloo in Just 45 Minutes!
The Inuits’ igloos are a construction marvel built of packed snow but did you ever wonder how they build a curved structure out of snow blocks that can withstand fierce Arctic winds? It’s structure that can not be improved upon. Here’s how they do it; and you can learn to make one too!
The arctic tern makes an incredible migration each year, traveling distances of more than 50,000 miles, from pole to pole.
p.s. More fascinating egg posts here:
Easter Eggs Pysanka Style (wax resist art on eggs)
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